Dr. Julien Borowczyk, Secretary of the Social Affairs Commission at the French Assemblée Nationale, offers his insights on the upcoming changes to the French healthcare system. He walks our audience through France’s toughest healthcare problems, the recent Conseil stratégique des industries de santé (CSIS), and the potential for AI and Big Data in French healthcare. Could you introduce yourself to our international audience? I am the secretary of the Social Affairs Commission at the Assemblée Nationale. I am a doctor by training and when Emmanuel Macron created En Marche, I was inspired by the movement and decided to try my hand at politics. It was a hard decision for me, though as I love treating patients and did want to let go of that activity. But, I managed to organize my schedule so that I can still spend time in my doctor’s office on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. I decided to take this role, specifically, out of my interest in biotechnology and medical informatics – I see great potential in the medical applications of AI and other technologies, and I wanted to gain a better understanding and play a bigger role in bringing those potential advancements to fruition. But I also bring a liberal mindset to the role, and I am able to consider what the patients needs are in the field today. In that way, I am rather a blend of a pragmatist and a visionary.
I see great potential in the medical applications of AI and other technologies, and I wanted to gain a better understanding and play a bigger role in bringing those potential advancements to fruition